Sunday, September 5, 2021

Biden Left Behind Americans, Evacuated Afghans on Terror Watchlist; No Rush: Blinken Says US in Contact with Americans Left Behind, No Deadline to Free Them; Reps Question Number of Americans Left Behind as Horror Stories Roll In, and related stories

Biden Left Behind Americans, Evacuated Afghans on Terror Watchlist
We live in a world of surreal government press conferences in which the media doesn't ask basic questions.
Biden did a lousy job of evacuating Americans. But current reports are that very few of the Afghans on the massive airlift were visa recipients. Most of the SIV visa recipients (often referred to as allies, but in practice had worked with the US or for US organizations, including the media, in some capacity) didn't make it to the airlift apparently.
So who did and why were they being evacuated?
Don't expect answers or even questions about that. But we do know that multiple evacuees have appeared on terror watchlists.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday said that some people recently evacuated from Afghanistan by the U.S. were flagged on terror watchlists while they were in transit and not allowed to enter the U.S.
Since any Afghans are now undeportable, we have to find a country willing to take them. --->READ MORE HERE
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No rush: Blinken says US in contact with Americans left behind in Afghanistan, no deadline to free them:
The United States is staying in “constant contact” with Americans left behind during President Biden’s frantic evacuation from Afghanistan who still wish to leave, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday, offering no timeline for freeing them from Taliban rule.
On Tuesday, the US completed pulling all troops from the 20-year war, and ended their initial evacuation efforts for all Americans and Afghan allies in the country.
US troops helped evacuate more than 116,000 people from Kabul, as the Taliban took over the country, including 6,000 Americans. However, at least 100 Americans remain in the country, and a clear plan or timeline for helping them leave has not been publicly released.
Without specifying an exact number, Blinken told reporters Friday that the US is in constant contact with those Americans who “may still wish to leave,” and case management teams have been assigned to each remaining American citizen. The secretary of state was not pushed to specify how many Americans are left. --->READ MORE HERE
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